Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Beverages

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
2.14 Cubic feet
consisting of 4 boxes, 1 folder, 7 oversize folders, .2 flat box, plus digital images of some collection material.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Beverages forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This subject category- Beverages consists primarily of printed advertisements, bill, receipts, magazine advertisements, advertising cut-outs, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, advertising cards, complainants' proofs, labels, articles and company related publications from manufacturers and distributors of beverages. Such beverages include mineral and soda water, ale, cider, grape juice, lime juice, ginger ale and beer. A number of these companies are major distributors of beverages and still exist today including Pepsi-Cola Company, Welch Grape Juice, Seven-Up, Royal Crown, Nehi Bottling Company, Schweppes, Perrier, Dr. Pepper Bottling Works, Hires Roots Beer, Canada Dry, Cliquot Club, Hydrox, Squirt and Coca-Cola Company. There are also a number of foreign advertisements from companies located in Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Havana, and Nicaragua. Manufacturers and dealers of apparatus for making beverages such as soda fountains, liquefied gas outfits, wine presses, cider presses, cider filters, pasteurizers, hydrometers, steam coils, evaporators, apple graters, hydraulic presses, refrigerators, etc. are also included. Materials date from 1820-1960, but the bulk is late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Arranged into 4 subseries:
  • Subseries 1: Manufacturers and Distributors of Beverages
  • Subseries 2: Manufacturers and Distributors of Equipment
  • Subseries 3: Publications, circa 1908-1928, undated
  • Subseries 4: General Information, circa 1875-1883, undated

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Beverages is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Processing Information
In 2016, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History implemented the use of minimal level processing standards to increase information about and facilitate access to more of our collections. A large portion of stored material from the original acquisition received minimal level processing, which resulted in additions to this Subject category. This effort included basic arrangement and replacement of non-archival housing for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed. Revisions to the encoded finding aid were made to reflect the added content in context to the previously processed material.
Minimal level processing and enhancement of the machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, September 2017.

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Beverages, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Materials in the Archives Center
Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)

Forms Part Of

More Information
Brand Name Index
Brand Name Index
The following is a list of brand names for various paints and related names that appear on this list is a compilation of those found on materials in the vertical document boxes. It is not a complete list of all the brand names for beverages. The list is intended to assist researchers locate desired materials when only the brand name is known.
    Brand Name Index
    Brand Name
    C.E. Carter
    Allen's Root Beer Extract
    Northwest Fruit Juice Company
    Arabia Water
    John F. Henry, Curram and Company
    Borden's Extract Beet
    W.F. Glaney
    Bull's Eye Ginger Ale
    J. Myer and Company
    Celery Tonic
    Hance Brothers and White
    Cherry Ripe
    Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company
    Circle A
    J. Myer and Company
    Coffee Cream
    Schonenberger and Noble
    Doctor Brown's Ginger Tonic
    Schonenberger and Noble
    Dr. Brown's Sarsaprilla
    J. Myer and Company
    Dr. Reid's White Oak
    American Fruit Product
    Duffy's Apple Juice
    Boyd and Fairfax
    Foxhunter Spring Water
    Boyd and Fairfax
    Goulding Spring-Orange Dry Red Sherry Sip
    Beecher Brothers
    Beecher Brothers
    Hire's Root Beer
    George Jones
    Indian Rock Spring Water
    Dr. H.L. Bowker and Company
    Ko-Ko Birch
    Frederick Stearns and Company
    Northwest Fruit Products Company
    Erie Lakeside Beverage Company
    Mason's Root Beer
    Hallett Table Water Company
    Non Quit Birch Beer
    Pheasant Fruit Juice Company
    Ice and Cold Storage Company
    J.G. Fox and Company
    William Aldworth
    Swan Birch Beer
    Musculet Beverage Company

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beverages Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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